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  1. The Extra Pass: Which non-All-Stars will make an All-NBA team?

    Jan 31, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans vs Miami Heat

    All-Star selections have become the de facto measure of good seasons, even though they’re really only the measure of good half seasons and rely on a gerrymandered system that splits players by conference. But All-NBA teams – which evaluate a full year and aren’t split by conference – are a better metric for good seasons. In the last…

  2. Thursday night NBA grades: Goran Dragic would like the coaches to snub this

    Jan 31, 2014, 2:50 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns  v Indiana Pacers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wondering if you can get a beer delivery by drone while off in some remote spot…. Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns. Just as he was taking the court he found out he was snubbed from the All-Star Game (although smart money is he gets in…

  3. Lance Stephenson leads list of three biggest All-Star Game snubs from each conference

    Jan 30, 2014, 8:38 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics  v Indiana Pacers

    There are only 12 All-Star Game roster slots per conference, and there are more than 12 deserving players. Somebody is going to be left off — we like to call it a snub, but most of the time it’s more like splitting hairs between good players. You pull on of these guys off the coach’s…

  4. John Wall, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard lead NBA All-Star Game reserves

    Jan 30, 2014, 7:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    The fans had their say last week naming the NBA starters. This week coaches have their say getting to vote in the All-Star reserves — seven from each conference. Next the fun part comes, picking out who got snubbed. The reserves are voted on by the coaches (who only vote in their own conference and…

  5. Report: Nets to target Kevin Durant in 2016

    Jan 30, 2014, 12:58 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    Let’s start with the obvious: If Kevin Durant decides to become a free agent in 2016 and talk to other teams, the line of GMs at his door will be as long or longer than the one LeBron James saw in 2010. The other obvious statements here are Durant and LeBron are different people, their…

  6. Durant will get his against Miami, can Heat limit everyone else?

    Jan 29, 2014, 2:59 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    It was a strategy that worked for a time early on in the Bulls’ Jordan era — let Michael Jordan get his; just make sure nobody else gets going. Defend him physically, but make sure the other guys don’t start racking up stats, too. Eventually that didn’t work anymore as Jordan improved his team play…

  7. Kobe Bryant sick of riding bike, not happy to be out three more weeks

    Jan 29, 2014, 12:53 PM EDT

    LA Lakers at Miami

    Kobe Bryant didn’t want to play in the All-Star Game, but this is not why. Kobe will be out at least three more weeks, the team announced Tuesday night. He has a fractured lateral tibial plateau — the top of the shin bone where it connects to the knee — and this is not something…

  8. Thunder’s Scott Brooks will coach West in All-Star Game

    Jan 29, 2014, 12:36 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Utah Jazz

    With the Memphis win over Portland on Tuesday it became official: Oklahoma City’s Scott Brooks will coach the West in the NBA All-Star Game, which takes place in New Orleans on Feb. 16. The honor goes to him because his Thunder, riding the hot shooting of Kevin Durant, will have the best record in the…

  9. Lakers make it official: Kobe out at least three weeks, meaning no All-Star Game

    Jan 28, 2014, 11:43 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    LOS ANGELES — We told you word was Kobe Bryant was going to be out a few more weeks, now it has become official. INJURY UPDATE: Kobe Bryant was examined tonight & still has pain and swelling in his left knee. Examined again in approximately 3 weeks.— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 29, 2014 Bryant…

  10. Nike unveils All-Star shoes for Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and LeBron James

    Jan 28, 2014, 8:04 PM EDT

    Nike Basketball 2014 All-Star

    Nike Basketball unveiled its lineup of special edition colorways that LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Kobe Bryant will be rocking for All-Star weekend in New Orleans. As always, the colors and patterns of the 2014 NOLA Gumbo League Collection were inspired by the city hosting the celebratory midseason exhibition. From the official release: “Nike Basketball is…

  11. Paul George swings by Jimmy Kimmel Live (VIDEO)

    Jan 28, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Denver Nuggets

    Paul George can wear that outfit and get away with it. Kind of. You cannot pull it off, I come nowhere close to pulling it off, but on Paul George it sort of works. The Indiana Pacers are in Los Angeles to flat out destroy take on the slumping Lakers Tuesday, so with a night…

  12. Report: Kobe Bryant out another two weeks to month with knee fracture

    Jan 28, 2014, 10:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    We know him, if it was just a matter of playing through pain, Kobe Bryant would be back. But it’s not. He has a fractured lateral tibial plateau — the bone at the top of the shin that connects to the knee — and until the bone heals properly Kobe can’t return. Which means he…

  13. Suns’ Goran Dragic to receive $1 million bonus if he makes the All-Star team

    Jan 28, 2014, 10:13 AM EDT

    goran dragic

    It’s common in the NBA for players to have performance-based incentives built into their contracts as a way for them to earn extra dollars. It was even put into the latest iteration of the collective bargaining agreement, where players with at least four years of service are eligible for a higher maximum salary in their…

  14. Report: Australia’s Dante Exum to declare for NBA Draft

    Jan 28, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT

    dante exum eurocamp

    Dante Exum is an Australian 6’6″ point guard who has had scouts drooling over both his current skill set and his NBA potential for well over a year. Many executives of teams currently projected to end up in the lottery have yet to see him play in person, but that’s likely to change over the…

  15. Pau Gasol says playoffs ‘are a utopia right now’ for Lakers

    Jan 28, 2014, 12:03 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    From Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary: uto·pia (noun) yu̇-ˈtō-pē-ə :  an imaginary and indefinitely remote place. Pau Gasol has been a bit more vocal as of late on the topic of the Lakers’ recent struggles, even going so far as to throw a tantrum in front of teammates and Kobe Bryant in the locker room following an especially…

  16. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Durant powers Thunder to top slot

    Jan 27, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    No Russell Westbrook yet Kevin Durant has pushed the Thunder to the top of the West and the top of PBT’s weekly power rankings. Still strange to see the Celtics and Lakers near the bottom of the poll, but it’s where they belong this season.   1. Thunder (35-10, LW 4). Kevin Durant is making…

  17. Pat Riley says David Stern “The No. 1 reason why this league is where it is today”

    Jan 27, 2014, 1:27 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    This is David Stern’s final week as NBA Commissioner — the power exchange to Adam Silver comes over the weekend. Feb. 1 is the final day for David Stern on the job, and we all know the final day on a job you’re just screwing around and cleaning out your desk anyway. Stern is taking…

  18. Kobe Bryant, 50 Cent, Meryl Streep just hanging out together…

    Jan 27, 2014, 11:05 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, 50 cent, Meryl Steep

    Sunday morning, as so often happens, Meryl Streep and 50 cent had the exact same thought — I’d like to watch some hoops today. Maybe see Carmelo Anthony go off against the Los Angeles Lakers’ “defense.” And the Knicks are all into having celebs at their games. So they did, Streep and 50 cent were…

  19. The Extra Pass: Kobe’s thoughts on Carmelo Anthony to L.A. speculation, plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 27, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Bryant of the Lakers and All-Star Anthony of the Knicks laugh during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    by Brett Pollakoff NEW YORK – When Carmelo Anthony scored a jaw-dropping 62 points in a win over the Bobcats on Friday, he didn’t just set a Knicks franchise record. He took something that belonged to Kobe Bryant. The Madison Square Garden arena record, since the building opened its fourth incarnation in 1968, was set…

  20. Tony Snell’s mom sounds awesome

    Jan 26, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    Ateve Alford, Tony Snell

    Kobe Bryant covered this already, the college-basketball system isn’t great for players. Run as a cartel, the NCAA often forces players into tough and unfair situations. Tony Snell found himself in one of those situations last year. Having played three years at New Mexico, Snell was ready to turn pro. His coach, Steve Alford, was…

  21. Kobe says Pau Gasol’s tantrum after Lakers’ loss in Orlando was a good thing

    Jan 26, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    NBCSports.com

    NEW YORK – There’s a lot of losing going on in LakerLand these days, and the team’s most recent loss in Orlando to a Magic squad who came into that one with a record of 11-32 on the season was enough to send Pau Gasol over the edge. Gasol threw a postgame locker room tantrum…

  22. Kevin Durant returns from injury, puts up a triple-double against Sixers (VIDEO)

    Jan 26, 2014, 12:04 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant sat out of the Thunder’s win in Boston on Friday due to a shoulder injury, and it was the first time in the history of the Oklahoma City franchise that the team played a game without both Durant and Russell Westbrook. Durant didn’t want to make it a trend, so he returned to…

  23. Report: If Carmelo Anthony leaves New York, he is leaning toward Chicago

    Jan 25, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks

    In the end, I still believe that Carmelo Anthony will be a New York Knick next season. When he surveys all his options, he will choose Manhattan, he will choose to go down as a Knicks’ legend. But ‘Melo is going to look at his options closely. His amazing 62-point performance aside, the 16-27 Knicks’…

  24. PBT Podcast: If not Kobe, who should be All-Star starter?

    Jan 25, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    kobe all-star 2013

    We know who the starters are for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans… and it leaves you with some questions: Should Kobe Bryant play? Will the league grant him his wish to get out of the game? What does Dwight Howard falling out of the starting rotation say about him? Who should be…

  25. Carmelo Anthony sets Knicks franchise record, scores 62 points in win over Bobcats

    Jan 24, 2014, 10:05 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v New York Knicks

    This is one way for the Knicks to turn things around — simply have their best player go on an insane scoring tear to singlehandedly drag the team to victory. Carmelo Anthony turned in a performance for the ages on Friday, pouring in 62 points to lead the Knicks to a 125-96 win over the…

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